Dippers get set to take plunge

Paul Hepple getting ready for the East Durham Round Table Boxing Day Dip 2011 at Seaham.
Paul Hepple getting ready for the East Durham Round Table Boxing Day Dip 2011 at Seaham.
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FUND-RAISERS are invited to make a splash in a Boxing Day dip.

Charity champs will brave the icy waters for Seaham’s event, held at the town’s North Dock, which will give a cash boost to good causes.

About 100 people took part last year, with the annual spectacle drawing crowds of supporters.

Paul Hepple, of organisers East Durham Round Table, said: “It’s just a great fun thing to do.

“Anybody can take part, they don’t have to be from Seaham.

“People can chose whatever charity they want to support, or they can pass it on to the Round Table and we’ll make sure it gets to good causes in the East Durham area.”

The Round Table took over the running of the dip about five years ago and it has become a big day in the town’s calendar.

It is supported by Seaham Town Council, Durham County Council, HM Coastguard, the RNLI, St John Ambulance, Seaham Harbour Dock Company and Seaham Sub-Aqua Club, with a team of volunteers also helping.

The organisers are inviting people to wear fancy dress, although have asked outfits this year to be family-friendly after previous efforts such as comedy character Borat caused some concern.

A prize will be given for the best outfit.

Entrants are advised to take towels, dressing gowns and flasks of hot drinks.

There will be a food van, and those taking part are invited to the Duke pub afterwards for broth.

Entry forms can be picked up from shops in Seaham and the civic offices in Adelaide Row.

Registration opens at 10.30am on the day, with the dip starting at 11am.

More information available on www.facebook.com/seahamboxingdaydip

Paul can also be contacted at the Garage on the Green in Ryhope on 523 8301.

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